Kimberley Cooper needs your help!

Firstly, I would like to thank you for reading this...

Before you do read my story-
I just want to thank you for your support.
I don’t expect anything, so if you can’t donate money I understand- but PLEASE do SHARE it.

If you can donate, I appreciate every single cent and I am extremely grateful-
Even if you just pay the minimum amount available! You have no idea how much this helps!
But please don’t feel obliged, you can just share this instead of donating.

Thank you for anything you can do..

Every single dollar you donate goes towards helping me, helping me to get closer and closer to having my life back!
Helping me to live a normal life with minimum pain.
I know I will never be pain free, however, I do know that my pain levels could be drastically lower than they are now! I’m bedridden in agony 24/7!

I just want to enjoy some quality of life without the burden of pain controlling my life and controlling every single thing I do...
Not only big things but also small things, that we all take for granted until it happens to you!

Even just going to my GP up the road nearly kills me every time, due to sitting and walking etc..
And when I get home, I’m broken.
Just a simple Doctors appointment will leave me unable to walk for days, plus the extra pain med’s I need afterwards just to take some of the edge off.

I walk with an aid or crutches.

If I could just get the treatments available so I can walk without aid, it would change my life..

You are helping me to not be left bedridden and in agony 24/7.

Thank you all. X

Now here’s a tiny glimpse at just some of my spinal story.

Sorry for dragging on in my intro, I hope you can still be bothered to read my story..

Thank you ALL so much, all of you reading this- YOU are helping to change my life, or should I say you’re helping me to actually get a life!

Losing my twenties was bad enough but I refuse (with faith, courage, positivity and strength) to lose my thirties too, please help me to not let this happen!
All my strength and positivity etc, won’t pay my medical bills and help me to pay for treatments, procedures and medications etc..
Which are extremely expensive when dealing with the spine!

Kimberley’s Swine of a Spine:

I have Scoliosis, Degenerative Disc Disease (its not a disease, it’s just what they call it), Pars defect, broken coccyx, Inflamed facet joints, spondylitis, stenosis, spondylosis, spondylolithesis (all the back conditions starting with S.. plus heaps of other painful things that I can’t remember!)..

I was born with Scoliosis and Pars defect.

And then..

10 years ago I was assaulted by three men and left unconscious on Beach Rd, I was attacked for no reason.

This caused my underlining problems to go from mild to extreme!
And introduced new problems.
Slowly after, my back was getting worse and worse until I could no longer function.
I had to have surgery.

I went in to theatre expecting to just have a fusion but when I was in recovery my surgeon told me it was a lot worse than he expected.
I ended up getting fusions on L5/S1, bone grafting, a cage, a laminectomy etc..
He said if I didn’t do it when I did, I would now be paralysed!

Unfortunately my surgery made my pain way worse and after telling my surgeon for two years about my pain getting worse, I got a second opinion -which was lucky!
The other surgeon did scans and found broken metal.
I had to have another surgery on my spine to remove the broken screws, some are still in my bones/discs, as they snapped in half and are stuck in there unless I remove my vertebrae.
I also had a lot of set backs due to medical complications etc..

I recently found out that my facet joints are all inflamed and need fixing, plus all the scar tissue and the discs above and below my fusions are going to degenerate and need more surgery in the future.
There are still options available to get my pain sorted and my spine fixed, it’s just very expensive.

I haven’t been able to work in a decade!
I am on a disability pension that I run out of as soon as I’m paid due to all my hospital bills and medical loans etc.

I pay thousands for specialists and procedures, I honestly couldn’t tell you how much I have paid over the last ten years.
I have gotten loans, I have gone on payment plans, I have asked for help from Centrelink and they have given me loans (which I am still paying back!) I also borrow money from my Mum every week because I’m always trying to catch up with all these expenses.
Constantly chasing my tail.

An example; One Specialist cost me $680 combined with $480 per 15 minutes.
I spent over an hour in there.
Most of my appointments cost around $400, I have lots of appointments!

I have to pay insurance so I can have procedures, treatments and see specialists as they don’t bulk bill.
My insurance costs me roughly $600 per quarter.
I screen my calls because I have many debt collectors calling me about unpaid treatments because I just can’t pay! Oops! 

I literally have $40 in my bank account right now!
And I owe thousands!!!
Many treatments and procedures have cost me thousands and I’m sure you can imagine that I’ve had many.

Just one of my medications alone that I have to take daily costs $95 every couple of days and that’s just one script I need!
And I take a lot of medications..

I am telling you all these figures so you know exactly where your money is going!
It will literally change my life to be able to pay my medical bills (past, present and future)...
...To get treatments and procedures to fix my spine and pain, you will be contributing to my success when (not IF) I get better and can live my life without restrictions!
You will be helping me to live instead of just existing!

I sadly lost all my twenties and I am still bedridden.
I don’t want to lose my thirties too!!
I’m not going to give up on this journey, I know that every step I take is one step closer than I was yesterday.

I miss the little things in life; going for a walk, catching up with friends, working, socialising, going to the beach (especially living this close to the beach!)..

I can’t walk, sit or stand without being in agony and eventually collapsing!

The little things that I took for granted before, I just wish I could do them again.

And if I can get these treatments done, I will be on the road to recovery because YOU helped me get there!

My beautiful Mum can’t work as she is my full time carer.
She has given up so much for me.

I want to get better for so many reasons, however, one major reason is to stop burdening my Mum!

If you can please help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading this.

(I am happy to answer any questions and provide invoices for my surgeries, treatments, procedures, medications..
I can also show proof of my spinal surgies and my future diagnosis and procedures etc. I am happy to provide any information and letters from my specialists to prove all of the above)

Feel free to ask me any questions you have!

Take care X
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Kimberley Cooper 
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Patterson Lakes VIC
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